Black Voters Matter bus rolled into Metro Detroit ahead of November election
On Tuesday, the national voting rights organization called Black Voters Matter brought their message and caravan to southeast Michigan, including in Ypsilanti, Detroit, and Highland Park, to encourage people to turn out on Nov. 8.
Rep. removed from Michigan House Oversight Committee amid investigation
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Rep. Cynthia Johnson is under investigation after she posted on social media a response to the many violent, vulgar and racist death threats she’s received. The video, posted Tuesday night, has quickly gone viral and legislative leadership removed her from her House Oversight Committee assignments Wednesday. “My soldiers, they are soldiers for Christ, soldiers against racism, soldiers against domestic violence, soldiers against domestic terrorism,” Johnson said. Rep. Johnson has been removed from her committee assignments, and we are looking into further disciplinary action as the proper authorities conduct their own investigations. Whitmer, Secretary Benson, Rep. Johnson herself, and others.
Michigan House Oversight Committee members receive death threats, racist voicemails
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Rep. Cynthia Johnson, the Democratic chair of the House Oversight Committee is receiving death threats due to the election. She posted several of the threats to social media. After both Democratic and Republican representatives have received threats of violence over the election, Michigan Assistant Minority Floor Leader Laurie Pohutsky posted on Twitter about the SNL sketch. The SNL skit was amusing, I guess, but last night my caucus was trying to figure out how to keep those on that committee safe from the deluge of death threats they’re receiving. I’m sorry to be a bummer and I’m glad people enjoyed the skit, but the reality of it is heinous.
Rudy Giuliani pushes Michigan election fraud claims in Lansing
LANSING, Mich. – While supporters of President Donald Trump stood outside the Michigan House office building, Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani testified before Michigan House on Wednesday, claiming massive voter fraud in Detroit. Giuliani brought with him witnesses, who signed affidavits that have already been presented in court in Trump campaign lawsuits and have been dismissed or pulled by the campaign. READ: Giuliani to Republicans: Pressure Legislature on Biden winThe Michigan Senate held a similar hearing on Tuesday. Michigan House Republications made it clear that Wednesday’s hearing was not about overturning election results in Michigan, but about listening to people who claimed they saw irregularities at the TCF Center in Detroit. Disputing President Donald Trump’s persistent, baseless claims, Attorney General William Barr declared Tuesday the U.S. Justice Department has uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could change the outcome of the 2020 election.
Giuliani to Michigan Republicans: Pressure Legislature on Biden win
Giuliani said the U.S. Constitution empowers legislatures to appoint electors directly, even though the Legislature long ago passed a law allotting them to the popular vote winner. Biden won the state by 2.8 percentage points. “They're the ones who should have the courage to step up,” Giuliani said of lawmakers during a virtual event hosted by the Michigan Republican Party. Giuliani made wild claims of “massive cheating,” particularly by Detroit Democrats, that he said resulted in 500,000 to 700,000 “illegal” votes. Biden won 240,936 votes to Trump's 12,889.
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson disputes claims by Republican National Committee chair on Michigan’s ballot counting process
DETROIT – Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson dispute claims made by Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel in regards to Michigan’s ballot counting process. However, the clerk accidentally did not update the software used to collect voting machine data and report unofficial results. In order to report unofficial results, county clerks use election management system software to combine the electronic totals from tabulators and submit a report of unofficial results. In response, Thomas issued a statement saying, “The accusations are wrong and reveal the person making them doesn’t know Michigan’s election process. The Republican-led Michigan State House and Senate will hold hearings on the “voting and counting process” in the state, according to House Speaker Lee Chatfield.
Trump supporters hold protest outside TCF Center over election results
DETROIT – A steady stream of protesters lined up in front of the TCF Center in Detroit to rally Friday in support of President Donald Trump. Roughly 200 people demanded a review of Michigan’s election results. Nearly 2.8 million votes were cast for Former Vice President Joe Biden, who won the state. The crowd is questioning the results and have protested nearly everyday as results still come in from uncalled states. Any of the five states still up for grabs would call the election for Biden.
Protesters gather at TCF Center, spar over election
DETROIT – Two groups of protestors spent Thursday night yelling at each other outside the TCF Center in Detroit. What motivated these groups to come out may have been the counting of the ballots here but there were multiple ideologies. The central issue was the election between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden, but there were also rants about globalist conspiracies, anti-government, anti-mask and Black Lives Matter. Officers did move in to form a barrier between the groups when it looked like things were going to get physical. READ: Ballot counting finishes at TCF Center in DetroitREAD: Michigan AG addresses election integrity amid Trump lawsuitsREAD: Workers share experience inside TCF Center during ballot counting, protests
‘Watchers’ demand access to ballot-counting process in Detroit
DETROIT – People representing both the GOP and the Democratic Party gathered at the TCF Center in Detroit on Wednesday to demand access to the room in which General Election ballots are still being counted. Under Michigan law, a number of individuals are allowed to observe the ballot-counting process to ensure transparency. That is still allowed during the 2020 presidential election, but there are more restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. The number of “watchers” allowed to partake in the process has been limited. There is no evidence of any nefarious activity in Michigan, as ballot counting delays were expected, given the massive increase in absentee voting.
Watch: Michigan SOS to provide update on ballot counting process
LANSING, Mich. – Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson will hold a virtual press conference this morning at 11 a.m. to provide an update on the ballot counting process in Michigan. As of 9 a.m. today Joe Biden had taken a slight lead in the race against President Donald Trump. Battleground states that include Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Nevada are crucial to winning the White House race. Watch the live event in the video player aboveLatest on local and national races
Help Me Hank tracks down Election Day issues at Metro Detroit polling places
Local 4′s Help Me Hank spent Election Day tracking down issues Metro Detroiters faced while casting their ballots at polling places across the area. A church that has always been a voting location in Westland wasn’t used this year, and that took some people who showed up to vote by surprise. City officials said notifications were sent to voters, telling them their location had recently changed. READ: Michigan officials warn voters about spread of misinformation on Election DayDemotus Alexander said he recently found out he has COVID-19. The Michigan Secretary of State’s office said so far, Election Day has been fairly smooth across the state.
Metro Detroit parents take teenagers to vote in their first elections
DEARBORN, Mich. – Metro Detroit parents took their children to the polls Tuesday to help them vote in their very first presidential election. When their clock hit 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Erica Banks told her daughter, Jordan Banks, it was time to get up and go to the polls. “She said, ‘Mom, I am super nervous,’” Erica Banks said. “I said, ‘Don’t be nervous.’”READ: Michigan officials warn voters about spread of misinformation on Election DayVoting is vital for Erica Banks. “I sat down and filled out my squares,” Jordan Banks said.
Michigan attorney general answers important questions ahead of Election Day
Election day has arrived, and Local 4 spoke with Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel to answer some of the most important questions that are still causing confusion for some residents. Election 2020: How WDIV reports election resultsYou can read Nessel’s answers to these questions below. Any form of intimidation or harassment at a polling place is a felony. What should I do if I encounter someone at my polling place who makes me feel unsafe? Are we going to see final results of the Michigan vote on election night?
‘One little incident could set someone off’: How police are working to keep polls safe in Michigan
What’s going to happen when residents around Michigan go to the polls Tuesday to vote in the General Election? One little incident could set someone off, so from a law enforcement standpoint, that is what you are worried about.”Is the state prepared for Tuesday? Election 2020: How WDIV reports election resultsWith that comes increased concerns about safety at the polls. “I think you’ve really got to keep an eye on the ballots,” Arena said. His office is on the lookout for anyone threatening voters who are trying to exercise their rights.
Both presidential campaigns making final push to Election Day
With one day left until Election Day on Nov. 3, more people from both campaign teams are showing up in Michigan, aiming to gather as many votes as possible. President Trump stopped in Washington Township Sunday, holding a rally at Total Sports Park. READ: Both presidential campaigns prioritize Michigan ahead of Election DayREAD: Michigan Election 2020: How to find your voting precinctFormer President Barack Obama, Vice President Mike Pence, former Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden and even Gov. In the meantime, Trump and Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden are both planning to campaign leading up to Tuesday. On Monday, Trump is preparing for his final two stops in Traverse City and Grand Rapids -- Grand Rapids was the final stop on Trump’s campaign trail back in 2016.
Joe Biden, former President Obama hold drive-in rally on Belle Isle
DETROIT – Cars packed Belle Isle Saturday for the drive-in rally held by Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden with former President Barack Obama. READ: Presidential candidates make final push for Michigan last weekend before Election DaySome people who attended addressed certain issues. On Sunday, Trump will hold a rally at 11 a.m. in Washington Township at Total Sports Park. Then on Monday, the president will be in Traverse City before holding a 10:30 p.m. rally at the Grand Rapids based Gerald R. Ford International Airport. READ: US judge orders USPS to speed up election ballot delivery in DetroitWatch the full report in the video above.
Douglas Emhoff to campaign for Joe Biden, wife Kamala Harris in Michigan Sunday
All rights reserved)Douglas Emhoff, the husband of Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, is scheduled to visit Michigan on Sunday. Emhoff is set to attend a canvass launch at 1 p.m. in Ann Arbor, and then another at 2:30 p.m. in Madison Heights. On Saturday, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama visited Detroit and Flint. READ: Presidential candidates make final push for Michigan last weekend before Election DayPresident and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is also focusing campaign efforts toward Michigan voters in the final days leading up to the election. Then on Monday, the president will be in Traverse City before holding a rally at the Grand Rapids based Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
Proposal N would save 8,000 Detroit homes, demolish 8,000 others if passed in Nov. election
Proposal N -- on the Nov. General Election ballot for Detroit voters -- aims to eradicate blight and dilapidation across the city. Proposal N would allow the city of Detroit to sell $250 million in “Neighborhood Improvement Bonds” that will be used to save 8,000 vacant homes and demolish 8,000 others that can’t be saved. Those behind Proposal N are hoping to make real headway without hurting Detroiters. The fight against Prop N isn’t about money, but rather how the city has previously spent money. Election Day for the U.S. presidential election is on Nov. 3.
Here’s how polling precincts will look different on Election Day amid pandemic
DETROIT – There are only a few days left until Election Day on November 3. City clerk Janice Winfrey spoke out Thursday, encouraging people to get out and vote in the upcoming presidential election. “We want every voter to show up and vote in this election,” Winfrey said. Voting lines could also be longer than usual on Election Day, as the state anticipates a record turnout of voters. President Donald Trump has called out Benson before, saying he is concerned about the election in Michigan and the integrity of the election process.
Proposition 2 to bar warrantless searches, seizures of electronic data if passed in Michigan Nov. election
In addition to the races for office in the November election, Michigan voters should prepare to vote on a few proposals that would change the state’s constitution. Proposition 2, also known as Prop 2, would prohibit unreasonable searches or seizures of electronic data and communication by law enforcement. For years police have used technology, such as Stingray or Hailstorm, to collect broad data from cell phones. The measure has also been backed by the Michigan State Police, but some are concerned that the proposal could impede the work of law enforcement. If the proposal is passed this election, it would...Election Day for the U.S. presidential election is on November 3.
What Michigan is doing to keep voters safe on Election Day
There is less than one week left before Election Day. She said the issue is expected to be settled before Election Day. Local and state police have been working around the clock to find potential threats or chatter online. Residents can also vote in person on Election Day, but because of the pandemic, you will be encouraged to wear a mask and practice social distancing. You can also register at your local clerk’s office on Election Day and vote in the presidential election.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses election concerns with record voter turnout expected
LANSING, Mich. – With six days to go before Election Day, and record voter turnout expected, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pledged to make sure residents and their votes are safe. Record early turnout is leading some people to believe Michigan could also break records on Election Day itself. On Wednesday, Whitmer, Lt. Gov. President Donald Trump has said he’s concerned about the integrity of the election in Michigan.
Eric, Tiffany Trump to visit Michigan on Thursday for separate events
BIRMINGHAM, Mich. – Eric and Tiffany Trump will visit Michigan on Thursday for separate events, the Donald Trump campaign announced. Eric Trump is making stops at Hope Sports Complex in Lansing and ResLife Church in Grandville, Michigan. The Lansing event will begin at 2:30 p.m., and the Grandville event will begin at 6 p.m., according to the campaign. Tiffany Trump is scheduled to attend a “Breakfast With Tiffany” event at 9 a.m. Thursday in Birmingham. Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. today announced Tiffany Trump will headline a ‘Breakfast with Tiffany’ event in Birmingham, Michigan on Thursday, October 29th in support of President Donald J. Trump’s re-election.
Live stream: Michigan Gov. Whitmer discusses voting in General Election
Gretchen Whitmer is holding a news conference Wednesday to discuss voting in the upcoming General Election. You can watch live in the stream above. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney General Dana Nessel. The goal is to ensure a convenient and flexible election to Michiganders, state officials said. Click here to view ClickOnDetroit’s full coverage of the election.
How Michiganders can make sure their votes count leading up to Election Day
There’s just one week left to campaign before Election Day, as the races are coming down to the wire for candidates. Local 4′s Hank Winchester is helping Michigan residents make sure their votes count, in addition to troubleshooting issues that might come up. A record number of Michiganders have already submitted their votes for the election. Residents can also vote in person on Election Day, but because of the pandemic, you will be encouraged to wear a mask and practice social distancing. You can also register at your clerk on Election Day and still vote.
Vice President Mike Pence to hold ‘Make American Great Again’ rally Wednesday in Flint
All rights reserved)FLINT, Mich. – Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to hold a “Make American Great Again” rally Wednesday in Flint, Donald Trump’s campaign announced. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bishop International Airport. Pence will hold similar rallies in Mosinee, Wisconsin, at 3 p.m. CT Wednesday, in Des Moines, Iowa, at 1:30 p.m. CT Thursday, and in Reno, Nevada, at 5 p.m. PT Thursday. Trump’s campaign said the rallies will feature remarks from Pence and Republican candidates. RELATED: President Donald Trump to hold rally in Michigan 1 week before Election Day
WATCH: Interview with Sen. Kamala Harris on hunger, job loss, Michigan
DETROIT – Vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris took a moment Sunday to discuss how a Biden/Harris administration could impact Michiganders. Harris was in Metro Detroit to campaign for Joe Biden and visited Detroit, Troy and Pontiac. Harris spent decades working her way up from being an Alameda County deputy district attorney to the Attorney General of California. Senator for California in 2017 before she was announced as former vice president Joe Biden’s running mate in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. Watch Part 2 of the interview with Harris here (watch Part 1 above):
Sen. Kamala Harris to campaign for Joe Biden Sunday in Detroit, Troy, Pontiac
Vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris will visit Detroit, Troy and Pontiac on Sunday to campaign for Joe Biden. Sen. Harris will start at a drive-in church event in Detroit before heading to speak at an event in Troy. Sunday night, Harris will participate in a Vote Now drive-in rally to encourage Michiganders to vote early in Pontiac. American singer and musician Lizzo is also scheduled to campaign for Biden this weekend in Michigan. She will speak at an event in Detroit, followed by another event in Harper Woods on Friday afternoon.
Kamala Harris to visit Detroit on Sunday to campaign for Joe Biden
All rights reserved)Vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris will visit Detroit on Sunday to campaign for Joe Biden. The announcement comes the morning after Biden and President Donald Trump squared off in the final debate before the 2020 election. Harris spoke last month about trying to earn Michiganders' support during Biden’s campaign. American singer and musician Lizzo is also scheduled to campaign for Biden this weekend in Michigan. She will speak at an event in Detroit, followed by another event in Harper Woods on Friday afternoon
‘Halloween is scary. Voting shouldn’t be.' -- Michigan AG dispels election security myths in new video
Nessel took to Twitter Wednesday to debunk election security myths and encourage Michigan residents to vote in the 2020 presidential election -- with a timely, spooky twist, of course. Michigan voters can be assured that the claims made in the robocalls are false, and that their information will not be made public. Though Election Day is officially November 3, voting in the 2020 presidential election is already underway in Michigan and throughout the U.S. with early in-person voting and mail-in voting. If you would like to vote in person, but still want to do so before Election Day, visit your local clerk’s office. Click here to find the location and contact information for your local clerk’s office in Michigan.
Detroit city clerk reassures voters ahead of election: ‘You’ve got this'
DETROIT – All eyes are on the city of Detroit ahead of the Nov. 3 General Election. Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey said things will be different this time around. Winfrey has been city clerk since 2005. “Our issues in August stemmed from the lack of poll workers that we were able to recruit from. She believes that she has done a “better than good” job in her years as city clerk.
LIVE STREAM: Benson holds press conference on Michigan election, absentee voting
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson will host virtual press conference to discuss Election Day, share new absentee ballot request and return numbers, and answer elections-related questions from the press. Watch the live event at 10:30 a.m. in the video player above. The November General Election is just two weeks away. ClickOnDetroit has been here every step of the way in 2020, and you can count us for election coverage and results through the end of the year. We have a guide here for what to expect on election day itself: What to know before voting in General Election in Michigan on Nov. 3, 2020More: 14 days until November election: Here’s what to know in Michigan
Oakland County clerk’s office holds demonstration of election integrity
PONTIAC, Mich. – Oakland County officials are testing election security, and election workers are testing for every possible way to fill out a ballot to make sure nothing is out of place before Election Day. We have so many checks and balances in place in Michigan,” said Oakland County clerk Lisa Brown. Millions have already cast their ballots, and county clerks are working to be able to prepare their counts one day early. Election officials are also warning to get ballots in as soon as possible or even drop them off in person so the count can get underway on Nov. 3. My staff’s done an incredible job to find the most efficient process, and I think we’ll be OK,” Brown said.
Michigan clerks lay out what voters can expect during upcoming election
Michigan clerks are facing an uphill battle this year with the upcoming presidential election taking place during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Two clerks spoke with Local 4 on Monday about what voters can expect, including how long it could take to count all of the absentee ballots. Early voting numbers are huge, as thousands of Michigan residents have already returned absentee ballots. Many residents are hoping election results come in soon after the polls close, but that’s not likely to happen this year. You can hear more from both clerks in the full Help Me Hank report in the video above.
Michigan court blocks 2-week absentee ballot extension
DETROIT – Absentee ballots must arrive by Election Day to be counted, the Michigan Court of Appeals said Friday, blocking a 14-day extension that had been ordered by a lower court and embraced by key Democratic officials in a battleground state. Any changes must rest with the Legislature, not the judiciary, the Republican-appointed appeals court judges said in a 3-0 opinion. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson last week said 2.7 million people had requested absentee ballots, a result of a change in law that makes them available to any voter. Michigan law says absentee ballots must be turned in by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be valid. The case was heard by appeals court judges Boonstra, Michael Gadola and Thomas Cameron.
Joe Biden participates in ABC News town hall in Philadelphia
ABC News hosted a live town hall with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, moderated by George Stephanopoulos, on Thursday night. President Donald Trump participated in a simultaneous town hall Thursday night on NBC. Watch Local 4 News at 5 a.m. for a Trust Index fact check of both town halls. President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden competed for TV audiences in dueling town halls instead of meeting face-to-face for their second debate as originally planned. The two took questions in different cities on different networks Thursday night: Trump on NBC from Miami, Biden on ABC from Philadelphia.
President Trump participates in NBC News town hall in Miami
NBC News hosted a live town hall with Republican presidential nominee President Donald Trump, moderated by Savannah Guthrie, on Thursday night. Joe Biden participated in a simultaneous town hall Thursday night on ABC. Watch Local 4 News at 5 a.m. for a Trust Index fact check of both town halls. President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden competed for TV audiences in dueling town halls instead of meeting face-to-face for their second debate as originally planned. The two took questions in different cities on different networks Thursday night: Trump on NBC from Miami, Biden on ABC from Philadelphia.
Here’s where you can find ballot drop boxes in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – As part of the City of Ann Arbor’s efforts to prepare for a high volume of ballot returns for the presidential election on Nov. 3, additional ballot boxes have been placed around the city. In addition to the Larcom City Hall box, six new boxes can be found around Ann Arbor where city voters can return their ballots. Outside, by the Eisenhower entrance of Ann Arbor Fire Station 6, 1881 Briarwood Circle . In addition to City Hall, there are now 6 new City of Ann Arbor ballot drop boxes installed, securely, throughout the city. Voters with questions about voting in Ann Arbor should visit www.a2gov.org/electionsRelated:A look inside the Ann Arbor City Clerk’s U-M Museum of Art satellite officeAnn Arbor City Clerk’s Office extends hours in October
Detroit city clerk, postmaster urge voters to trust ballot security process
DETROIT – On Friday, Detroit’s city clerk and postmaster discussed the process of how ballots already in the mail will be handled this year. “Every ballot will reach its intended destination,” said Detroit Postmaster, Darron Bray. “We will timely deliver all election mail, and we will do that definitely securely,” Bray said. Winfrey is urging voters to trust that everything will go smoothly on Election Day. Trust the process,” Winfrey said.
Live stream: Michigan Gov. Whitmer, SOS Benson discuss voting in November election
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson are holding a news conference Tuesday to talk about voting in the upcoming presidential election. Whitmer, Benson and Delta Township Clerk Mary Clark will talk about voting opportunities and the Nov. 3 election. Whitmer will also sign legislation to make sure every vote is counted and residents can vote safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, officials said. You can watch live in the stream above.
Exclusive poll: Joe Biden extends lead in Michigan
Exclusive new poll numbers show Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden extended his lead by three, bringing him to eight points in Michigan over President Donald Trump. “The biggest shift of all came among white senior citizens in Michigan,” said Richard Czuba, CEO of the Glengariff Group. The new WDIV/Detroit News poll was conducted after the first presidential debate and before the president was diagnosed with COVID-19. It is the fulcrum point of this election,” Czuba said. A majority of the people who participated in the poll watched the presidential debate.
Detroit creates 23 satellite voting centers, deploys 10,000 poll workers with major pay raise
DETROIT – The city of Detroit is trying to make sure everyone casts a vote during the presidential election, creating 23 satellite voting centers and deploying 10,000 poll workers with a major pay raise. The satellite voting centers opened Monday and will be available seven days a week. With 30 drop boxes and 23 satellite voting centers, Detroiters have options. Many of the satellite voting centers are in large rec centers not being utilized due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Click here to view a full list of the locations for drop boxes and satellite voting centers.
Bernie Sanders visits Michigan to campaign for Joe Biden
As we enter the home stretch in the 2020 presidential election, the candidates can’t make every campaign stop themselves. On Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders made multiple stops in Michigan to stump for the Joe Biden campaign. He started the day at the University of Michigan, attempting to rally his supporters in Ann Arbor to vote for Biden. “Now, it’s no great secret at all that Joe Biden and I have differences of opinion,” Sanders said. You can hear what Sanders had to say in the video posted above.
Detroit to open satellite voting centers across the city
DETROIT – The city of Detroit will open 23 satellite voting centers throughout the city and will also add seven secure standalone ballot drop boxes starting Monday, Oct. 5. The centers will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will also be open Election Day, Nov. 3, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.Detroit residents will be able to vote and cast their ballot at all of the satellite centers. For a complete list of satellite voting centers and ballot drop box locations click here.
Ann Arbor-based Adaptive Energy donates PPE ahead of election
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Adaptive Energy, an Ann Arbor fuel-cell manufacturer turned personal protective equipment manufacturer, has donated PPE to the Michigan Department of State ahead of the November election. The $57,000 donation comes in the form of hand sanitizer, touchless door openers and face shields for polling places and election offices. The PPE is intended to help protect election workers and voters who visit polling places and election offices from the coronavirus (COVID-19). In March, the fuel-cell manufacturer switched to making PPE with its 30 members team in Ann Arbor. Edison and Adaptive Energy owner Ranvir Gujral established Arbor Apothecary to make intubation boxes and medical face shields.
Michigan officials worried about people threatening, intimidating each other during contentious election
Officials in Michigan are reminding residents it’s a crime to threaten or intimidate people over their right to vote, even ahead of what’s expected to be a very contentious election. “You know what we have is a very contentious election coming up,” U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said. “It is a federal crime to interfere with somebody’s right to vote.”Schneider spoke with the Local 4 Defenders just 36 days before the presidential election. “When people are angry, they take to Facebook.”He said officials are looking for those cases so they can bring people to justice. Arguing over politics is an American tradition and protected by the First Amendment, but threatening people to keep them from voting is a crime, Schneider said.
Can Biden or Trump change your mind about them during presidential debates?
Are you ready to cast your vote for President? Perhaps you’ve already done so now that mail-in voting is fast underway in Michigan. If you haven’t already cast your ballot, do you think the series of presidential debates has any chance of changing your mind about either former Vice President Joe Biden or President Donald Trump? Do you think the debates could change anyone’s mind? Take the quick poll, then tell us why:Trust Index: What do you want fact-checked from presidential debate?
Joe Biden delivers remarks following Trump’s Supreme Court nomination
– Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden delivered remarks Sunday on the U.S. Supreme Court following President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. On Saturday, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ginsburg, a liberal icon. Supreme Court decisions affect our everyday lives, and the Constitution was designed to give voters a voice on who makes those decisions. A judge on the federal appeals court based in Chicago, Barrett and her ideologies significantly contrast those of the late Justice Ginsburg. President Trump and former Vice President Biden are slated to debate on Tuesday night in Ohio.
Early voting in Michigan begins today
LANSING, Mich. – The 2020 Election is Nov. 3, but in Michigan you can cast your vote starting Thursday. Early and absentee voting is officially underway in Michigan. “We want you to wear your mask and bring your form of ID so you can cast your ballot,” Whitmer said. “Secretary Benson and Clerk Winfrey are working very closely to ensure that this election runs smoothly," Whitmer said. We want to ensure that Michigan voices get counted.”
Attention Michigan voters: Ballots mailed out today
By law, Michigan clerks must begin mailing requested absent voter ballots to voters 40 days before the election -- which is September 24. The state of Michigan mailed absentee voting applications to all registered Michigan voters in May for this year’s August and November elections. Inside of your official Michigan absent voter ballot envelope is a brightly-colored “secrecy sleeve” containing your ballot. Emergency Michigan absent voter ballots must still be returned to the voter’s local clerk’s office by the 8 p.m. deadline on Election Day. For more information about emergency absent voter ballots, Michigan voters are encouraged to contact their local clerk’s office directly.
Michigan voting by mail: How to make sure you fill out ballot correctly
Filling out a Michigan absent voter ballot for the 2020 General ElectionOnce you receive your absent voter ballot in the mail, it simply needs to be filled out following the written instructions attached and returned before the deadline. Inside of your official Michigan absent voter ballot envelope is a brightly-colored “secrecy sleeve” containing your ballot. To return your absent voter ballot on time, you have two options:Return your absent voter ballot by mailYou can return your completed absent voter ballot by mailing it to your local clerk’s office. Postage will be required to return your Michigan absent voter ballot by mail. A Michigan voter hoping to spoil their previously-cast vote has two options to do so:Spoil your Michigan absent voter ballot by mailTo spoil your Michigan absent voter ballot by mail, you must send a letter to your local clerk’s office stating as such.
A look inside the Ann Arbor City Clerk’s U-M Museum of Art satellite office
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – University of Michigan students, faculty and staff and Ann Arbor residents can now register to vote or cast early in-person absentee ballots at an Ann Arbor City Clerk satellite office right in the heart of the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson visited Ann Arbor City Clerk's satellite office in the University of Michigan Museum of Art on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 (Sarah M. Parlette / WDIV)The UMMA space is the state’s first-ever satellite city clerk’s office on a university campus. (Sarah M. Parlette / WDIV)A look at the new Ann Arbor City Council satellite office in the UMMA. (Sarah M. Parlette / WDIV)A look at the new Ann Arbor City Council satellite office in the UMMA. The satellite office is located in UMMA’s first floor Stenn Gallery at 525 S. State St.Related: Ann Arbor City Clerk to open satellite office at U-M Museum of Art
November election: What do you need to know before voting?
Tell us what you need to know to feel confident about voting your entire November ballot, from national to local races and issues. What do you need before it’s time for you to submit your ballot? Is there one candidate or one issue that you feel you need to be better informed about? Is there something you think we need to investigate and cover better? Please let us know:Decision 2020: Complete coverageMore: Voting by mail in Michigan for 2020 General Election: What to know
Ann Arbor City Clerk to open satellite office at U-M Museum of Art
ANN ARBOR – The city of Ann Arbor has established a satellite office for the upcoming general election in a gallery space at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Starting Sept. 24., U-M students, faculty and staff can register to vote and cast early in-person absentee ballots at UMMA. “This was a natural fit," Ann Arbor City Clerk Jacqueline Beaudry said in a statement. In the 2016 presidential election and the 2018 midterms, 44 percent and 41 percent of U-M students voted, respectively. Members of the public are asked to visit the Ann Arbor City Clerk’s Office at 301 E. Huron St.
Michigan appeals court: SOS Benson’s mass mailing of absent ballot applications OK
When Benson announced the mass mailing, she was criticized by President Donald Trump, who wrongly stated that she was sending absentee ballots, not applications. The previous record for absent voter ballots cast in a Michigan election was 1.3 million in the 2016 Presidential Election. Already, about 2.3 million absentee ballots have been requested for the fall election, which Benson said puts Michigan on track to receive more than 3 million that are completed. Of the 7.7 million registered voters in Michigan, about 5 million are expected to participate in the upcoming election, officials said in August. About 10,000 absent voter ballots were rejected in Michigan’s Primary Election in August.
Post Office confessional: ‘We’ve had an increase in the number of patients reporting delays’
Since this summer, we’ve had an increase in patients reporting delays (especially in rural areas) with deliveries of their medications sent via USPS. Many of our specialty medications are refrigerated and sent via FedEx Overnight, but most of our retail prescriptions and non-refrigerated medications are sent via USPS Priority Mail. We typically expect, and relay to our patients, that their medications (sent via USPS) will take 2-3 days to arrive, from the date it ships from our facility. We’ve had an increase in the number of patients reporting delays, and in some cases it takes over a week to arrive. We’ve also had an increase in issues with tracking the shipments; when I started working here about a year ago, I never had any issues tracking shipments.
Michigan at record 2.1 million requests for absentee ballots
Michigan faced several challenges in processing the influx of absentee ballots in the August primary. Clerks can’t start processing absentee ballots until 7 a.m. on Election Day under current law, but there is a push to allow that earlier. ”The state has received 2.1 million requests for absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 election as of Tuesday, Rollow said. Just under 2.1 million ballots were requested for the August primary election. The day after the primary about 400,000 residents already had requested absentee ballots for November, Rollow said.
In Michigan, Joe Biden slams Trump over Woodward book revelation on downplaying virus
He knowingly and willingly lied about the threat it posed to the country for months, Biden said during his speech in Warren. Biden holds a 5-point lead over President Donald Trump in Michigan heading into the final stretch of the 2020 election, a new WDIV/Detroit News poll shows. In a head to head matchup of likely November 2020 Michigan general election voters, Joe Biden continues to lead Donald Trump by five points, 47 percent to 42 percent. These numbers remain statistically unchanged from January 2020, which had Biden at 50 percent and Trump at 43 percent -- a 7 point lead. April 20, 2020: Joe Biden praises Michigans handling of COVID-19
LIVE STREAM: Joe Biden speaks on Made in America plans in Warren, Michigan
WARREN, Mich. Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden will be in Michigan on Wednesday for a campaign speech. Biden is scheduled to speak in Warren where he will deliver remarks on his plan to ensure the future is Made in America by all of Americas workers, according to his campaign. Biden holds a 5-point lead over President Donald Trump in Michigan heading into the final stretch of the 2020 election, a new WDIV/Detroit News poll shows. In a head to head matchup of likely November 2020 Michigan general election voters, Joe Biden continues to lead Donald Trump by five points, 47 percent to 42 percent. April 20, 2020: Joe Biden praises Michigans handling of COVID-19
Joe Biden to speak today in Warren, Michigan
(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)WARREN, Mich. Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden will be in Michigan on Wednesday for a campaign speech. Biden is scheduled to speak in Warren where he will deliver remarks on his plan to ensure the future is Made in America by all of Americas workers, according to his campaign. The event is scheduled to start at 1:15 p.m.Stay with ClickOnDetroit for information and coverage. April 20, 2020: Joe Biden praises Michigans handling of COVID-19
Post Office confessional: ‘Can’t imagine how bad it is to rely on USPS to bring medication’
The following are responses to ClickOnDetroit’s callout for recent experiences with the Post Office. It’s not due to lack of mail, our postal worker just doesn’t come! When my dad mails something to Mexico it takes at least 5 weeks to get there -- NO MAIL SHOULD TAKE THAT LONG! So just to mail a letter from a city 30 minutes away it took a week! I can’t imagine how bad it is for people that rely on USPS to bring their medication!
Post Office confessional: We will be assessed a penalty after its finally processed
The following are responses to ClickOnDetroits callout for recent experiences with the Post Office. Our city income tax return was due July 31. I hand delivered the return to the main post office on July 20. The post office box for the city is located there. Three weeks later, I received the return back with a 15 cents postage due.
Post Office confessional: Our packages are up over 51% and we have half the workforce, do the math!
The following are responses to ClickOnDetroits callout for recent experiences with the Post Office. Ill be using UPS or FedEx to send items.-- Anonymous in St. Clair Township (ZIP: 48079)I have worked at the post office for almost 35 years. What I want people to understand is that Covid hit the post office, too. Our packages are up over 51% and we have half the workforce, do the math! The post office has been in business for over 200 years and handles over 1 million pieces of mail every day.
Biden campaign to microtarget Michigan women in new ads
According to the campaign, the ads, which Local4 was given advanced copies of, will feature women from the towns where the ads will be aimed. It didnt have to be this bad, Rose Dady, Biden for President Michigan Coalitions director, said in a release about the ad campaign. The President will, however, have to make up ground with women in Michigan, according to polling from August which showed Michigan women preferred Biden to Trump 50 percent to 37 percent. The Trump campaign announced it had reached 5 million voters in MI early this week and the Biden campaign has been promoting virtual events across the state with the election 2 months away. Read back: Biden campaign announces $280 million ad buy through fall
Post Office confessional: We stopped receiving mail for over a week
However, my absentee ballot that I mailed a week prior to election day arrived in 4 days and was on time. I receive mail now a few times a week. I make sure that I allow a week for my mail to reach its destination locally.Liela in Dearborn (ZIP: 48124)I live in Rochester Hills -- 48309. (ZIP: 39560)About 2 years ago we stopped receiving mail for over a week. Have you missed a bill payment because you did not receive the mail on time?
Michigan Secretary of State, Detroit city clerk team up for upcoming November election
DETROIT The Michigan Secretary of States Office and the Detroit city clerk are teaming to make sure every vote counts for the upcoming November general election. Presidential elections always bring a lot of energy, said Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey. Winfrey said her office and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson are working together to make sure every vote is counted. They are recruiting and training at least 6,000 election workers to make sure all 182 polling locations and 134 absentee counting boards are fully staffed. They will conduct physically distant in person training at Little Caesars Arena for new election workers to ensure election workers and staff are ready for Nov. 3.
Trump campaign says its reached 5 million Michigan voters so far
The Trump campaign in Michigan has reached nearly half of Michigans population in the effort to reelect the President, according to a release from the campaign sent Monday. Related: Trump puts spotlight on crime rates in American cities including DetroitGustafson said the campaign defines voters engaged as total calls and doors knocked, not including text messages. In response to the Trump campaigns voter outreach the Biden campaign touted its plan to reach voters virtually. Were running a active, energetic campaign that is directly engaging Michiganders in evert single part of the state while ensuring the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and Michigan voters, Biden For President Michigan State Director Eric Hyers said. A staffer with the Biden campaign also said they have 2000 organizers currently working on the campaign.
Post Office confessional: ‘I have filed numerous complaints yet nothing gets done’
I pay for two-day priority shipping -- the package arrives from its point of origin, to the Detroit hub, usually the next day. In the past year, I’ve waited as much as 11 days for a package, mailed through the USPS, with 2-3 day shipping, numerous times. I’m very fed up with the lousy service USPS is providing. I have filed numerous complaints yet nothing gets done about it.”-- Maureen in Alger (ZIP: 48610)“Mailed a package from the Clinton Township P.O. It went there, was out for delivery, went back to warehouse, then to NJ, then to CT and finally back to California.
Post Office confessional: Major issue is at the Detroit sorting center
The following are a responses to ClickOnDetroits callout for recent experiences with the Post Office. When I kept tracking them it said they were at the post office in Madison heights. Company finally sent another pair.-- Anonymous in Shelby Township (ZIP: 48316)I have had several packages delayed in delivery. All my packages seem to arrive at Detroit Metro Sorting center and then disappear. I sent a package to Texas and it left my local post office, arrived at Detroit Sorting center and sat there for two weeks until I filed a missing package report.
Post Office confessional: Over a month to get to Michigan from California
The following is a response to ClickOnDetroits callout for recent experiences with the Post Office. I placed an order (shipping from California) on July 18, within 10 days they shipped it (via USPS). On August 6 tracking showed the package was 2 blocks from my house (not at the post office either). When I contacted the post office (the first time) I was told they contacted the last place it was scanned and they were waiting for a reply. I was told that they had to close the case but would continue to monitor my package.
Post Office confessional: ‘Too many issues I have experienced with the mail'
The following is a response to ClickOnDetroit’s callout for recent experiences with the Post Office. “I mailed the remaining payment check to the tree trimmer that did work for me on 6/30. I also filed a ‘missing mail’ report with the USPS on 8/23, and have had no reply from the post office. There are too many issues I have experienced with the mail to write to you about re the postal service, and they have been going on for 2-3 years, not just the last two months. Have you missed a bill payment because you did not receive the mail on time?
Post Office confessional: ‘Plan more time for them to get there'
The following is a response to ClickOnDetroit’s callout for recent experiences with the Post Office. “Mail delivery gets later and later each day and maybe only comes three days a week. Won’t be paying for special priority services anymore since items do not arrive as planned. Has a loved one not received his or her medicine through the mail on time? Have you missed a bill payment because you did not receive the mail on time?
Post Office confessional: ‘I had a package that was missing for 5 weeks'
The following is a response to ClickOnDetroit’s callout for recent experiences with the Post Office. There are weeks that I don’t receive mail for 4-plus days. Then there are weeks I get my mail almost every day. Back in April I had a package that was missing for 5 weeks. Have you missed a bill payment because you did not receive the mail on time?
Post Office confessional: ‘The norm over the last several years'
The following is a response to ClickOnDetroit’s callout for recent experiences with the Post Office. Delays in sending and/or receiving mail has been the ‘norm’ over the last several years. Mail has been tampered with, repeatedly delivered to the wrong address (including packages), and carriers have outright lied about deliveries. A case in point: we’d been waiting for a package to be delivered on the anticipated and posted delivery date. As it was the posted delivery date and the delivery was for an auto part, we decided to work on the vehicle that day.
Post Office confessional: It has continued and gotten worse'
The following is a response to ClickOnDetroits callout for recent experiences with the Post Office. I live in 48324 -- West Bloomfield. I noticed the mail starting to slow down in April at the height of the virus. I guess I thought that made some amount of sense because everything was behind schedule then -- not just the mail. But it has continued and gotten worse.
Post Office confessional: ‘Mail delivery here has been poor for years'
The following is a response to ClickOnDetroit’s callout for recent experiences with the Post Office. “Mail delivery in the 48114 ZIP code has been poor for years. Mostly, the poor service was when the regular mail carrier was off. My new neighbor (since December 2019) mentioned to me that he feels we have poor mail service. The Post Office never kept me updated, but did deliver it on Day 19 -- still without any follow up.
Post Office confessional: ‘Two weeks to go two miles'
The following is a response to ClickOnDetroit’s callout for recent experiences with the Post Office. “I retired from the post office 18 years ago. Route adjustments, no overtime, supervision doing bargaining unit work to stem overtime pay, hiring freezes, delayed mail delivery -- I have seen it all. Any money that the Post Office makes must be put into that fund before any profits. Mail from the Downriver area is now sent to Pontiac to be processed when it used to be taken to the Detroit main post office and then back for delivery to the areas around here.
Post Office confessional: ‘We can’t even keep the staff we have'
The following is a response to ClickOnDetroit’s callout for recent experiences with the Post Office. “They come multiple times a day because all the mail and parcels aren’t sorted in time in the morning. They have to drive back to the office midday -- this is a huge waste of time and money but fixing it is not a small simple change. They call this pivoting and it is the reason you see a different carrier every day on some routes. At this point, we can’t even keep the staff we have because they are tired of working 12-plus hours a day while being told they are too slow and everything is their fault.
Post Office confessional: It seems like small practical changes could save millions'
The following is a response to ClickOnDetroits callout for recent experiences with the Post Office. We have missed making several bill payments on time because of mail that never arrives. Two times we were able to make online payments the day of receiving a bill. We have a small Amazon business so we send out and receive many packages on a regular basis; about 75-200 packages a month. Have you missed a bill payment because you did not receive the mail on time?
Post Office confessionals: Share your experiences with the mail
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has announced that he was suspending certain changes until after the fall election while complaints about the mail have been piling up for weeks. Have you experienced a delay with your mail -- either sending or receiving it? Has a loved one not received his or her medicine through the mail on time? Have you missed a bill payment because you did not receive the mail on time? Please let us know with as much detail as possible:Related:
Postmaster General: USPS mail-delaying initiatives paused until after Nov. election
Postal Service (USPS) initiatives that could impact the timely delivery of absent voter ballots for the November election are being paused until the election is complete. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said in a statement Tuesday that in an effort to avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail, the USPS will continue its services as normal through the end of the election cycle. Record numbers of absent voter ballots have been requested and issued in Michigan and across the country for this years elections. The Postal Service is ready today to handle whatever volume of election mail it receives this fall, DeJoy said Tuesday. More: Q&A: Whats happening at the US Postal Service, and why?
Michigan postal workers express concern about current working conditions
Tlaibs spoke in response to the recent statement from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy about concerns of current conditions inside post offices nationwide and worries about mail in ballots. DeJoy released a statement stating, The postal service is ready today to handle whatever volume of election mail it receives this fall.But the changes were already made. We stand before the United States Postal Service to say, heroes work here and we have your back, said Rep. Haley Stevens. People who work for the United States Postal Service have come to work, have put themselves at risk, in order to meet the commitment, said Rep. Dan Kildee. Several voters are concerned that the ballots wont be counted but Benson said theyre working to make sure that wont happen.
Michigan voters to receive application to vote by mail for August, November elections
DETROIT The Michigan Secretary of State is sending applications to all Michigan voters to vote by mail for the upcoming August and November elections. Additionally, some jurisdictions are mailing applications to all local registered voters. The Michigan Department of States Bureau of Elections has ensured all remaining registered voters receive an application. The vast majority of voters across the political spectrum want the option to vote by mail, said Benson. Mailing applications to all registered voters is one of the ways that we are ensuring Michigans elections will continue to be safe, accurate and secure.You can register to vote in Michigan right here.